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06-28-2014 03:59 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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Conyers (D) wants taxpayers to pay overdue water bills for Detroiters

By Detroit Free Press (MI) June 28

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. John Conyers wants President Barack Obama to sanction use of an earlier multimillion-dollar award to Michigan to help pay delinquent water bills of low-income residents threatened by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's most aggressive shutoff campaign ever.

"Assisting low-income residents with paying their water bills would help avert a public health crisis," Conyers, D-Detroit, said in a letter to Obama Thursday. Separately, he asked Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to declare a public health emergency, calling the shutoff campaign "draconian" and raising concerns about what it could mean to the young, sick or elderly.

"Since March, water service for up to 3,000 Detroit customers per week has been cut off due to an overzealous and misguided approach to cost-cutting," Conyers said in a statement Friday. "Regardless of the rationale for these cutoffs, the human consequences are unacceptable and unsustainable."

Neither the White House nor HHS immediately replied to Conyers' pleas.

Conyers' efforts comes on the heels of the the water department's effort to collect on more than 90,000 accounts with delinquent bills totaling more than $90 million. As a way of collecting on those debts, the shutoff campaign is targeting residential and commercial customers owing at least $150 who are more than 60 days late on payment.

Officials at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) say water service to 7,556 customers was cut off in April and May as part of the campaign, but now there are crews in place to shutoff service to speed that up to as many as 3,000 delinquent accounts per week.

While citizen groups have gone as far as to appeal to the United Nations to force water service to be restored, the Free Press reported this week that there was evidence the campaign was having the desired effect. As of June 4, more than 17,000 accounts were on some kind of payment plan, compared to 12,000 in February, before the effort was started.

In his letter to Obama, Conyers appealed to him to allow a portion of the funding remaining from a 2010 award of $498-million through the federal Hardest Hit Fund to "assist low-income residents" facing or having experienced water shutoffs. Nearly $300 million remains from the original award, which was intended to fund programs to keep people from losing their homes to foreclosures. About $100 million was repurposed to fight blight in Michigan already.

In his appeal, Conyers pointedly suggested the funds be used to help low-income residents facing shutoffs anywhere in Michigan, not just in Detroit. But it was clear who he is trying to help most.

"Last week, the Detroit City Council approved an 8.7% increase in the water rate, contributing to a total increase of 119% over the last decade," Conyers said. He blamed the water system's problems on a shrinking population, high unemployment, widespread blight, an aging infrastructure and short-staffing, adding that some estimate as many as two-thirds of the shutoffs will occur in homes with children.

In his letter to Burwell asking her to expand access to medical and public health services to those disconnected, Conyers said his office is "hearing accounts of pregnant women, families with children still in diapers, the elderly and the infirm" who are having their water shut off.

"As roughly half the city is now eligible for shutoffs, we believe that immediate action is necessary to stem the consequences of this counterproductive and coldhearted policy," he said.

Conyers also wrote Sue McCormick, DWSD's director and CEO, asking her to "reevaluate" the policy and cease all shutoffs for vulnerable residents and those families with children -- as well as those with what he called "demonstrated inability to pay."

He also took issue with DWSD's suggestion that the fact that 2,700 customers who were shut off in May either made payments or arrangements to pay within a short time indicated the program was working, noting that it also meant about 1,800 customers who were shut off were unable to pay.

"It is utterly unacceptable to put the most vulnerable members of our population through severe hardship, utilizing a method that clearly violates their basic human rights, as a collection practice," Conyers wrote.

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2014/06/...s/?subscriber=1

Democrats: Hard At Work Stealing Your Tax Dollars.

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06-28-2014 07:38 PM  3 years agoPost 2
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It is worse than I thought. It is time to prepare for collapse of society sometime in the future. If people can't afford $125 water bill, then that means all the jobs have evaporated.

I would like to see what graduate degrees have to say about this subject!

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06-28-2014 08:06 PM  3 years agoPost 3
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It is worse than I thought. It is time to prepare for collapse of society sometime in the future. If people can't afford $125 water bill, then that means all the jobs have evaporated.
Note that the request to pay water bills for people with federal tax dollars came from one of the most liberal cities in the nation that recently filed bankruptcy.

They want OUR federal tax dollars to pay bills they will not pay for themselves.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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06-28-2014 10:32 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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Take HEED what is buried in the central body of the article : Did you Miss It ???
WHo or WHOm is INVOLVED : Take NOTe then ----- the WHY ???

Who are the Citizen Group's ????? and ARE THEY ?? Citizen's ??

The Truth is starting to spill over - Look for It Nation Wide
While citizen groups have gone as far as to appeal to the United Nations to force water service to be restored,
Who is Driving ????

What = Fed / State /or Local Law : Allows them to RUN to the United Nation's : For assistance ??? For Assistance with in the Border's of OUR COUNTRY ?? For THEM to Control or Mandate Citizen LAW

Just like the intro of GUN COntrol Law : OF a Nation by the U.N.

Looking for a crack to drive a wedge into

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06-29-2014 03:53 AM  3 years agoPost 5
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I smell rotten fish with this.

1. The water bill goes through the city.

2. Cutting off water will cause severe health problems (death maybe).

3. Knowing this and committing this is man slaughter.

Looks like the Detroit officials could be going to jail because they are trying to extort money from the feds.

Remember the website stating "Toby the Rabbit" would die if demands for $50,000 weren't met?

Detroit is basically telling the Feds to come up with the money or people are gonna die.

90% of life is "showing up"

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06-29-2014 09:37 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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Detroit is basically telling the Feds to come up with the money or people are gonna die.
Thus; blaming it on the feds that people refuse to pay their own water bills.

This also goes to the UN's recent vote to make water a human right never to be denied.

The government does not pay for anything. The working people of America pay. The "Free Sh#t" crowd sucks it up while corrupt politicians dole it out for the vote.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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06-29-2014 01:02 PM  3 years agoPost 7
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They can not spend the money they have wisely so they are asking for a handout. Sounds like half the Country to me. I do not see how California and Detroit are making it with the debt they have. I am no doom and gloomer but you would be a fool to think that this is sustainable.

Got to have my cup of heli in the morning.

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06-29-2014 01:03 PM  3 years agoPost 8
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Wouldn't it set a legal precedent for a governmental body that providing a free service for some, that they would have to provide it for all?

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-29-2014 02:11 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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I am no doom and gloomer but you would be a fool to think that this is sustainable.
I believe as a Christian it is all working out like God wants it, so I do not sweat it.
No need to fear, god will look after them. It is all part of his plan. Or, does that argument only work when it suits you???

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06-29-2014 02:54 PM  3 years agoPost 10
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U are so full of yourself! I am not forcing what I believe on u. U can believe or not it's your choice. It proves my point as u would say, that u are a miserable full of hate person u are proving yourself to be. As I have said I feel sorry for u.

Got to have my cup of heli in the morning.

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06-29-2014 03:18 PM  3 years agoPost 11
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U are so full of yourself! I am not forcing what I believe on u. U can believe or not it's your choice. It proves my point as u would say, that u are a miserable full of hate person u are proving yourself to be. As I have said I feel sorry for u.
You are guys, guys like you are ALWAYS right!!!

Again, where have I spouted any hate?

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06-29-2014 03:23 PM  3 years agoPost 12
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Keep it up! The money is running out as we speak. Enjoy it while u can retard.
Yea, that is what we need Hilary and dumb Joe. She left people to die that she knew in Benghazi , what do you think she will do to us? Retard.
Is that what the bible teaches you, making fun of the mentally disabled? Sounds like a very peaceful work of fiction, that bible!

You are full of hate and ignorance 2low. I feel very sorry for you.

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06-29-2014 03:33 PM  3 years agoPost 13
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I love it. "Hey, people can't afford their water bills, so as a solution, I say we raise the rates". Gotta love the liberal brain, or lack thereof.
We have some of that BS here as well. You pay a minimum flat rate per month (most families easily exceed that), whether you use ANY water or not. Snowbirds that live here 6 months a year, still pay the minimum monthly, even though there not even here. It's BS and out of hand.
My monthly water bill used to be $15 per month, then one day....OILA!!! without using one more drop of water, my minimum bill was $55 per month.
To build a new house here you of course pay a permitting fee. It runs right around $19,000. Out of that, $18k is "impact fees" for roads, parks and utilities.....all BS because that money just goes into the general funds. Local pols are just as adept at screwing you as the Feds.

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06-29-2014 04:31 PM  3 years agoPost 14
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fla heli boy
You are absolutely right, my bill used to be $65.00 per month for water/garbage. Few years later it is $120.00, I use less water and garbage. If the trend keeps continuing, I will sell the house and move to a remote location.

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06-30-2014 01:07 AM  3 years agoPost 15
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You are absolutely right, my bill used to be $65.00 per month for water/garbage. Few years later it is $120.00, I use less water and garbage. If the trend keeps continuing, I will sell the house and move to a remote location.
why don't you just go to Another planet or dissappear,?
if your so Anti American almost all your post you re calling
for this country to fall into blasphemy.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-30-2014 04:51 AM  3 years agoPost 16
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ou re calling
for this country to fall into blasphemy.
Too late! The democrats have already pushed us off of that cliff!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-30-2014 05:02 AM  3 years agoPost 17
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the town I live in has over $250 thousand in unpaid parking tickets, the Town Clerk has asked to have them wiped away clean, because she does not have the time to deal with them

Jim
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06-30-2014 05:07 AM  3 years agoPost 18
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es1co2bar3, you have not lived inside the US long enought to know what we are talking about

Jim
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06-30-2014 05:13 AM  3 years agoPost 19
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One Government World
Take HEED what is buried in the central body of the article : Did you Miss It ???
WHo or WHOm is INVOLVED : Take NOTe then ----- the WHY ???
Who are the Citizen Group's ????? and ARE THEY ?? Citizen's ??
The Truth is starting to spill over - Look for It Nation Wide

While citizen groups have gone as far as to appeal to the United Nations to force water service to be restored,
Who is Driving ????
What = Fed / State /or Local Law : Allows them to RUN to the United Nation's : For assistance ??? For Assistance with in the Border's of OUR COUNTRY ?? For THEM to Control or Mandate Citizen LAW
Just like the intro of GUN COntrol Law : OF a Nation by the U.N.
Looking for a crack to drive a wedge into

Jim
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06-30-2014 05:19 AM  3 years agoPost 20
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The "Free Sh#t" crowd sucks it up while corrupt politicians dole it out for the vote.
annnd, don't forget, those corrupt politicians are only put forth because of the super rich pulling their strings

Jim
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